Trump to release millions midterm as possible prelude to 2024


Trump has spent very little on behalf of Republican candidates so far this year, but that’s about to change with the new super PAC. Save America, the former president’s PAC leadership and one of the best-funded entities in politics, has a cash reserve of about $100 million — money that can be transferred to MAGA, Inc. .

“President Trump is committed to saving America, and Make America Great Again, Inc. will ensure that is achieved at the polls in November and beyond,” Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich said. .

MAGA, Inc. will be overseen by Budowich, who served as the former president’s communications director and previously served as a senior adviser during his 2020 re-election campaign. pro-Trump spender, will be the vehicle’s chief strategist. Tony Fabrizio, a longtime Trump pollster who worked on his 2016 and 2020 campaigns, will oversee the polls.

The finance team will be led by Meredith O’Rourke, a veteran GOP fundraiser who worked for Trump. The communications department will be made up of Steven Cheung, who worked on Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns and worked in his administration, and Alex Pfeiffer, a conservative media strategist and former producer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson. .

Sergio Gor, the editor of Trump’s post-presidential book “A Journey Together,” will be a senior adviser.

Until now, Trump’s political operation has consisted of a small number of close advisers. The new super PAC will mark an important construction of its political apparatus.

MAGA, Inc. will effectively merge with the existing pro-Trump super PAC, MAGA Again!, which is led by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. MAGA Again! had a relatively low mid-term profile and struggled to make an impact on races, although a person familiar with the group said they recently held a fundraiser at Trump’s Bedminster Golf Club , NJ, which raised $1 million. Like Save America, MAGA, Encore! may channel its remaining funds to MAGA, Inc.

Those involved with the new group declined to say how much it will spend on mid-term races or where it will direct its money. But a person close to the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Said the new group — and the prospect of an influx of resources — is good news for Republicans, who have struggled to keep pace with fundraising in several presidential races. Senate on the battlefield.

LaCivita has a long history of working in Senate contests. He was twice political director of the National Republican Senate Committee. In the fall of the 2020 campaign, he launched Preserve America, a pro-Trump super PAC that was largely funded by the late casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam.

Trump has a lot to do with the midterms outcome: The former president has endorsed a slate of candidates, whose fortunes will determine whether he emerges as a kingmaker or an anchor within the party. If his candidates are successful, it would give Trump momentum if he decides to run for president again. If they lose, it would raise questions about his current political strength.

While Trump has been publicly flirting for months with launching a 2024 bid, it’s unclear when — or if — he plans to do so. He told his allies privately that he was trying to decide whether it made more sense for him to announce his campaign before or after the election.

With the launch of the new super PAC, he would have a vehicle that could spend unlimited amounts in support of his candidacy. Unlike Save America, which has restrictions on how much it can spend on political activities, MAGA, Inc. can spend freely.


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